The Army-Navy Screen Magazine Number 54, 1945
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945): Short film that documents FDR's funeral. Also includes an address by President Harry S Truman.
The Army-Navy Screen Magazine was produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Pictorial Service, under the supervision of Col. Frank Capra, who came up with the idea. It was released twice a month and shown to military troops as a 20-minute newsreel.
"By the end of the war, the Army-Navy Screen Magazine reached an enormous weekly audience of 4.2 million. It had become for American soldiers all over the world a communal experience that greatly influenced their perception of the war.
It featured short documentary films, news from back home, and short training films like Dr. Seuss' Private Snafu cartoons. I've uploaded the entire Screen Magazine and also each segment as a separate file (some editions are comprised of 1 long film, though). Description at the National Archives
: "On funeral ceremonies for Pres. Roosevelt. Reel 1 shows the Capitol Building and other scenes in Wash., D.C., as FDR's voice is heard in the background. People line the railroad tracks as the funeral train leaves Warm Springs, Ga. Shows the procession through the streets of Wash.; Pres. Truman is among the escort. A volley is fired over FDR's grave at Hyde Park, N.Y. Reel 2, Pres. Truman speaks to citizens of the U.S. exhorting them to carry on the war effort. "
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